Sep 19, 2020
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CARES COVID-19 LIMITED GRANT FUNDS AVAILABLE. PUD 3 is a subrecipient of federal CARES funds from the County for PUD 3 residential customers who have suffered a financial hardship directly related to COVID-19. Funds are limited and available to qualifying applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Apply for the federal funds by filling out an application or calling PUD 3 customer service. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2020 and award payments will be applied as a credit to the eligible applicant's utility account by December of 2020. To learn more about eligibility, visit the PUD 3 Assistance Page.
Decisions in Olympia impact residents in Mason County.
These are quick summaries sharing a local perspective on state-wide issues.
Mason PUD 3’s Fiberhood program is a public/private partnership aimed at delivering rural gigabit service. It is focused on communities with no broadband service, or service that does not meet the FCC standard of 25 Mbps up, and 3 Mbps down.
PUD 3 does not overbuild existing service providers who exceed the FCC standard.
There are 35 prequalified communities, representing over 2,500 homes in PUD 3’s service territory.
The average Fiberhood is 72 homes, small businesses, and cottage industry locations with an average build cost of $149,000. This includes any necessary line extensions, the neighborhood distribution network, and fiber connections all the way to the home.
Communities compete against each other for priority. They use a PUD online service to bring their communities together.
When a competing community reaches a 75% commitment level, PUD 3 adds it to the construction list.
Using the public power cost recovery model, connected communities pay a construction adder over 12 years to cover the extension of the network to their area.
Only active users in successfully established Fiberhoods pay the construction adder: not all PUD 3 customers, and not customers in Fiberhoods that choose not to take service.